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Old 07-08-24, 07:47 PM
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When the weather gets hot, as it has in the last week, I ride west. On these hot days the closer I get to the beach the cooler the weather and the thicker the fog. I rode the new-to-me 1954 Bianchi Campione del Mondo out to Drake's Estero in the Point Reyes National Seashore. 85 degrees at home, 75 degrees at the Estero just 15 miles away. The flowers are out in abundance.



I'm not complaining though. I live close enough to the coast that our high temperatures have been in the eighties. 15 miles inland it's about 15 degrees hotter!
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Today’s stage was 58 miles up north. Hot and humid. The cicadas have been replaced by a plague of rabbits.

Tight turn on Sheridan



Pic on one of my favorite bridges



Although the RADAR was clear when I started, a ton of tiny “popcorn” showers blew up. Somehow, I evaded them all. Street was wet when I got home and the wife said it had poured twice while I was out.

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Pouring rain today - reminiscing of previous wonderful days out
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Temps moderated a bit here in the Dallas/Ft Worth area and yesterday I enjoyed a 43 mile ride on my fairly new to me 51 year old Bottecchia
( acquired as a frame/fork only).

When doing a 40 miles or so ride I usually ride south toward downtown Dallas, ride through downtown to Deep Ellum district and then pick up the Santa Fe Trail which takes me to White Rock Lake .

I can then pick up a north bound trail to take me back to the northern suburbs.


Infamous Triple Overpass downtown Dallas

Dealey Plaza

White Rock Lake. Just as I snapped a go fast rider came into frame.

White Rock Lake. Zooming in one can see downtown Dallas hi rise buildings off in the distance

Sail boat Marina at White Rock Lake in the background.

The comfortable to me cockpit.

I really like this bike. I'm a sucker for chrome lugs and the outstanding and comfortable ride is a big bonus.

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I missed out on riding Tuesday - we thought we were keeping our infant niece for the morning, but it turns out it's next Tuesday. So we fired up the Tour and chilled and watched, and I researched a shifter issue until I found an 11-year-old post in our bicycle mechanics forum wherein a gentleman laid out the steps to reset Shimano bar end shifters so that they click all the way through all the gears, rather than having nice crisp clicks at the ends and mushiness in the middle. Turns out you have to do some stuff to "re-wind" them. Live and learn, and many thanks for the info! That accomplished, I also changed out a flat on the Lighthouse and tweaked the handlebar height and set out the shoes with the right cleats for those pedals.

This morning after walking and feeding the beasts I set out around 7:25. After riding almost exclusively fixed for weeks, coasting and changing gears feels .... strange. Nice, but strange. I missed the connected feeling I get riding fixed, but being able to change gears is nice, and coasting down the long hills in the drops making myself as aero as possible is beyond lovely. I made one quick stop to nudge the handlebars into perfect alignment and pushed on.

My front shifter cable appears to have stretched, and I still have to tweak the stop adjustments. Tightening the adjuster on the downtube housing stop got me a working shift up onto the 48T, but I could not drop the chain down to the granny ring, and I foresee some fettling in the future.

At the start of Deadfall Road I decided to get some pix, and I paid for them - those nasty plants were THE most ferocious fierce fauna I have encountered in years, and they were out for blood, and they got it.



Pix acquired, I rolled on down the usual route, then up the long climb to Dixie Drive. I paused outside the Northwest Volunteer Fire Department because sometimes Ruby identifies as a fire engine - it's a red thing, I wouldn't understand - and I took some glamour shots. They were washing the trucks, which should inspire me to wash my bikes, but I am a lazy sod, so ...



Then on as usual, only to discover when I got home that Strava had stopped recording somewhere along the way - I can assure you I did NOT levitate straight across from the fire department to Beaudrot Road. In the end I wound up with about 16 miles and a lovely start to the day.

Bike notes - I still have to dial in the front shifting. I remain torn about this bike - as it is, it is a lovely Shaker-esque exercise in clean functionality. But then I look at the integrated fender mounts and the lines and think, "hammered fenders and a boxy front bag and rack and it's an American randonneuse. There are worse dilemmas to have.

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Originally Posted by cooperryder
Temps moderated a bit here in the Dallas/Ft Worth area and yesterday I enjoyed a 43 mile ride on my fairly new to me 51 year old Bottecchia
( acquired as a frame/fork only).

When doing a 40 miles or so ride I usually ride south toward downtown Dallas, ride through downtown to Deep Ellum district and then pick up the Santa Fe Trail which takes me to White Rock Lake .

I can then pick up a north bound trail to take me back to the northern suburbs.


Infamous Triple Overpass downtown Dallas

Dealey Plaza

White Rock Lake. Just as I snapped a go fast rider came into frame.

White Rock Lake. Zooming in one can see downtown Dallas hi rise buildings off in the distance

Sail boat Marina at White Rock Lake in the background.

The comfortable to me cockpit.

I really like this bike. I'm a sucker for chrome lugs and the outstanding and comfortable ride is a big bonus.

Note white text sticker...
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I was back in Santa Cruz for another one of my daughter’s volleyball tournaments. I brought a bike.

Last week I headed north along the coast from the Boardwalk and then did a hilly loop above Wilder Ranch, an historic complex including an old ranch that dates back to 18th-century Spanish Period. I enjoyed my ride so much I headed back for some more exploration. This time, I spent more time on the coastal bluff loop after poking around the old ranch buildings.

I was compelled to stop and take a lot of photos. First stop was this charming lighthouse that serves as a Santa Cruz Surf Museum.


It seemed like a picturesque cove like this was around every corner.

The tranquil and easy to miss Antonelli Pond

This is the main Wilder Ranch building site that was built as a homestead in the early 1800s and followed the original cattle farm (dated to 1791) that supported the Spanish mission in Santa Cruz.

We like vintage machines, right?

One of the early surviving buildings.

From there I made my way around a loop on the coastal bluffs.




Toward the end of the ride, I headed inland for some more trail hunting and found another hilly loop that turned out to be a bit more technical than I expected but the Motobecane with its triple and cyclocross tubulars was up for the task


Peaceful river crossing along the Cowboy trail loop. I did pass a couple horses (and lots of dung) before reaching this spot.

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Out for 30 miles this morning on the pink Motta. Hoping to get an early start tomorrow for a ride in the MT's so I took it easy today. That's not that the bike didn't go fast some but I really just didn't get after it. I did catch a youngster on a Cervelo about 5 miles into the ride. I say hi as I went by and I guess the site of a fat old man in hot pink gear on a pink bike was too much for him. He picked up the pace and started pulling away a bit. Never even said hi, LOL! Years past I would have played with him some but today I just let him go. Air was still fairly cool for most of the ride but a lot of smoke from the western fires. Knee still being a brat to me. Just no cadence or smoothness in my stroke. Oh and first ride on this bike since I put on the beautiful NOS Monoplaner brakes. Seemed to have enough stopping power to me.


At the beginning

I have to admit this one is not my smoothest, most comfortable steel. It can be a bit harsh on some bad sections of road.

Town Square Huntsville

It's getting dry really quick now.

Smokey air

Just leaving Huntsville

More haze in the air.

The final picture is the the mountain I'm hoping to take the Merlin up tomorrow. I have to get an early start as temps are supposed to get close to 100 degrees again tomorrow. I have to descend the old road if I ride this tomorrow which means about a mile long hard climb in direct sun on the return leg. The main road out of the lodge and back to my valley is under construction so I'll be avoiding it. Otherwise, it's be an easy and fast descent on the whole return leg.
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Today was an unplanned ride. I've been tinkering with my early 70s Raleigh Gran Sport to turn it into a commuter. I planned on just tooling around with it a bit to sort things out but decided at the last minute to ride the path to downtown Des Moines. The water is high along the Des Moines River and the path was closed in parts. I ended up doing a 13 mile ride.



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Finally, 1st time up Snowbasin since the last TKR. First climb section sucked but once my legs finally got used to the idea of climbing again the second bit felt easier. Forgot that I wanted to put a short stem on the Merlin as I'm stretched out too much on it. I like being more upright when I climb. Heat got me a bit mid climb and I debated turning around. I had a heat injury about 5 years ago and seem to be a lot less tolerant ever since. But I pressed on today as I know shade, cooler temps, and wind were ahead if things worked out as they normally did. The Merlin seemed to climb ok but I did use the 34/32 combo a lot instead of reserving it as a bailout gear. Weirdly the knee caused issues on the descent. When I'd coast and then go to pedal it was locked back up a bit and painful. So as I repositioned my legs in the curves the pain was distracting me and making me screw up the curves a bit. So I just rode the brakes a lot and descended like a wimp. Bobbling mid-turn at 30+ mph isn't fun and that's what was happening. Grade max's out at around 12% on this route.

Anyway, some pics. Not the best as there is smoke in the air.


Always good to top the 1st segment of the climb and see this.

Will descend down to that section of road and then back to climbing

As usual, love the Wickwerks 53/34 chainrings on the climbing bikes.

Wheeler Canyon, another nice hike

Not much snow left up there

Going back up

Good look at the abandoned road. It's breaking down and is worse in other sections but it still makes for a nice, car free, climb

Open meadow up top by the Lodge. Made it!

Open meadow up top by the Lodge. Made it!

That road in the distant is the part I have to climb out on to complete the ride.
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I wound up riding from a different start point this morning and getting a route that included both roads I've been on many times and a climb I had avoided for years. The latter turned out to be nothing. My start and finish was the shores of Lake Greenwood, and I took in the bustling metropolis of Ninety Six, SC - which is the REPLACEMENT town build in the 1840s or so after the railroad skipped its original location, which lives on as Star Fort Park, site of siege operations during the Revolution.

It was a chill morning, and I rode the way I did when I was a kid, just experiencing the moment, stopping to look at (and photograph) whatever appealed to me, riding my own pace and just generally having a lovely time.


Harbor Heights

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Wow, amazing pics everyone.

I rode 30mi to meet my daughter at Marymoor (Redmond WA) Park. At the massive dog park section. I was behind sched so did not stop for pics and pushed rather hard along East Lake Sammamish Rd. Felt good. After a lunch at the brewery just outside the park, and another warm 6 miles, i totally forgot pics again.
once home the daughter took this of the bike. and I took another of girls zoning out after a day of playgrounds and being totally outside with Mom and dog. Life is pretty good. Persistent spontaneity all day long may be a fountain of youth, but sometimes = just feels childish. .


I should change the gearing to ride the DeRosa more, mostly flat as a pancake today, ‘cept my Yahoo! descent from the house.


I like the DeRosa - every ride is fun.

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Originally Posted by gaucho777
I was back in Santa Cruz for another one of my daughter’s volleyball tournaments. I brought a bike.
Thanks for the great pics Randy. We kinda crossed paths as I was in Santa Cruz yesterday passing through on family road trip (no bike alas). We’re in Pacific Grove but went back today to go sailing with a college buddy, so this is a “where did I ride a boat?” post.


Santa Cruz sea buoy with maintenance crew on break

My kid at the helm.

We stopped at the Tunitas Bike Hut yesterday.
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I reverted to my usual route on my usual fixed-gear Mercian today. Not many pix, really - but I DID try to capture the two goats that I always see lolling on this trailer porch, looking for all the world like stone lions guarding the entrance to a library ...



... and the faux owl is a nice little touch, too. It's almost enough to convince me I should get some sort of camera with a telephoto lens I could carry on the bike, which leads to thoughts of rando bags and front racks, which is much more money than I feel like spending on bike stuff at the moment. You know, the circular merry-go-round of bike gear acquisition that is ready to start at any second in the back of my skull ...
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Proud to be a weird banana slug alum, ….

…..isn’t that weird?

I was a Santa Cruz County resident for almost 20years. Miss it. The Bill’s Wheels t-shirt was not readily available.



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52 miles up to Lake Forest after work. Upper 70s/light wind.

Stopped at a park for water and they put in a new splash pad for kids.



I’m trying to mix up my routes a little, so I cut through the old McCormick estate which is now a forest preserve. Saw a Great Egret in one of the ponds.



We’ve gotten a lot of rain and everything is very lush



Had to navigate 1/4 mile of TDF-style gravel



The rabbit plague continues…



Metra train heading north to Fox Lake



Real vintage bike on fake vintage bridge

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Great pics there! Need to make it out that way someday, I live fairly local to that area over in Narberth. I typically ride towards the City but maybe I need to start exploring the farms/ valley forge area more
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Today, I ventured out to Treasure Island. For those not familiar with the area, Treasure Island sits about halfway between San Francisco and the East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, and beyond) and separates the east and west spans of the Bay Bridge; only the newly reconstructed eastern span is accessible by bike.

Treasure Island includes a a steep rocky section. In 1936-37, the nearby Yerba Buena Shoals (a boating hazard) were filled in to create a flat portion of the island used for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition/World’s Fair. It was later turned into a naval station. Now it’s the site of a lot of new construction, both roads/infrastructure as well as high-rise condos.

It’s about a hour from my house to Treasure Island and back. I usually just turn around as soon as I hit the island but today I ventured down onto the Treasure Island flats, which involves a short but steep climb—as well of some great views.



A view looking back toward the eastern span of the Bay Bridge.


A steep descent down to the Treasure Island flats


I can’t take a mural shot without thinking of botty kayer.


Found a nice little league field.


Some friendly dogs.


Treasure Island also offers some wonderful views of San Francisco.


Another view of San Francisco and the older western span of the Bay Bridge


A panoramic view, left to right: Bay Bridge, San Francisco, viewpoint with an odd spire, Alcatraz Island, marine layer obscuring Golden Gate Bridge, Treasure Island flats.


Return trip near the Berkeley Aquatic Park

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My belated 72nd birthday ride. Due to a minor clerical error on my part I actually rode 79 miles, a few extra for good luck!

I rode the new-to me- and newly refurbished Hetchins Experto Crede. A very nice riding bike which especially impressed me on fast descents with sweeping curves, stable and easily maneuvered all at the same time. I'll do a short build thread on it soon. I have @Kilroy1988 to thank for this fine frame.





The cows were unimpressed.


Some mid-ride calories:



Aforementioned downhill with sweeping turns:


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@obrentharris Happy Birthday, Brent! Beautiful bike & photos.
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@obrentharris - a few comments on the Dugast tires, please. I have considered a buy but never pulled the trigger. Only one spare pair of Veloflex Vlaanderen (28mm).left.
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I got up early and rode out at 7:00 this morning, initially thinking I would just do my usual 15 mile maintenance route - but the morning was lovely and still young when I was returning via Woodlawn Road, and riding a wave of nostalgia I kept going. I took one of the old Greenwood Cycling Club Wednesday night routes from 25 years ago, enjoying the quiet of Old Woodlawn before taking the bumpy surfaces that lead to Mill Road. I zig-zagged back and forth between Greenwood and Abbeville Counties - the first time shown here, with the line of demarcation that shows road maintenance budgets -




- before being lured by what appears to be an appealing lane, but alas, is merely a long driveway -



- then crossing Highway 72 on Mill Road to enjoy the long descent leading to Old Abbeville Highway. I paused at the second church in, which appears to be closed and no longer has a sign identifying it -



- and then taking Old Abbeville Highway past the back door and all the way to the top of Woodlawn again, pausing along the way to ride Folly Farm Road -



- which included enough no-hands riding to conclude that Ruby the Lighthouse has exquisite road manners, indeed. Thence home, where breakfast and most especially coffee awaited!
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@obrentharris - a few comments on the Dugast tires, please. I have considered a buy but never pulled the trigger. Only one spare pair of Veloflex Vlaanderen (28mm).left.
I like the Dugast tires a lot. These are 33mm wide with a coarse tread, a cyclocross tire for dry courses, so they work nicely for me on rides with a bit of dirt and gravel, but their road manners are good too, at least in dry weather. I haven't ridden them in the wet.

I'm wondering if they deserve some of the credit for the bike's excellent downhill handling. On the other hand Dugast has a reputation for delicate sidewalls. This would make sense to me since cyclocross racers tend to use their tires only until the tread starts to diminish, before the sidewalls have taken enough abuse to start failing. Also cyclocross racers typically run very low pressures, 20 to 30 PSI. My experience with running tubulars on dirt and gravel is that the sidewalls are most likely to be cut by the errant sharp rock at the higher pressures that I run on courses that include some pavement, 50+ PSI.

I too lament the loss of the Veloflex Vlaanderens!
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